Exciting library development set for Ministerial opening

The major refurbishment of Denbigh Library and One Stop Shop is set to be celebrated at an official opening in early October, marking a new chapter in the library’s history.

Minister for Culture, Tourism and Sport, Lord Elis-Thomas, will officially open the facility on Thursday, October 4th.

The work included extensive redecoration works to create an attractive, open access and flexible space for a modern library and one stop shop service.

Whilst maintaining the character of this iconic historic building, improvements also  included an upgraded Tourist Information area, new dedicated IT/Learning zone, new modern shelving, furniture and flooring, with a dedicated free wi-fi relaxed area for customers. 

The Minister will visit Denbigh Library  ahead of Libraries Week (8-13 October) which  is the annual showcase of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that libraries have to offer, and this year, the focus is on wellbeing

Lord Elis -Thomas,  said: “I’m delighted to visit the new development in Denbigh as we prepare to celebrate what our libraries can offer communities across Wales.  Over the past year,  I’ve seen first-hand the improvements the Welsh Government’s transformation fund has already made in creating bright, modern and welcoming spaces for everyone.

“The Welsh Government remains committed to supporting these important services which promote cultural engagement, provide learning opportunities and support community cohesion and prosperity – and play a key role in our wellbeing.”

Councillor Richard Mainon, Cabinet Lead Member for Improving Community Infrastructure, said: “We have made a firm commitment to investing in our libraries, as they play a critical role in community life. Times are changing and there is a clear demand for our libraries to become more of a community hub, bringing other services under the same roof and becoming a one stop shop for customers.

“The investment we have seen in Denbigh is a significant piece of the investment jig-saw and we are proud of the brand new facilities we have there. They reflect our vision to create modern, fit for purpose libraries.

“There has also been significant investments in libraries in Prestatyn, Rhyl, Rhuddlan and St Asaph, with additional works planned for Ruthin, Corwen and Llangollen”.

The investment was funded by Denbighshire County Council and Welsh Government’s Museums Archives and Libraries Division  Transformation Capital Grant  programme.

Posted on Wednesday 3rd October 2018